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No. 6 - Condon Caps Comeback At Duluth
No. 7 - Gophers Take Two From North Dakota
No. 8 - Bjugstad Befuddles Bulldogs
No. 9 - Warning Tames Huskies
No. 10 - Rau Rolls The Dice
An early statement.
Minnesota's lineup last year was stocked with young, yet unproven, talent. The Gophers were not tested in the season-opening series against Sacred Heart, as they outscored the Pioneers 15-0 in two wins.
Minnesota's first challenge of the year came in the third game of the season, which also happened to be the team's first road game.
It was Oct. 14 and the setting was Amsoil Arena, home to Minnesota Duluth who entered the contest skating under a national championship banner for the first time.
The young Gophers trailed the Bulldogs with less than a minute remaining in the game. With Kent Patterson (career high 46 saves) on the bench, Erik Haula scored to tie the contest 4-4 and force overtime.
Nate Condon then scored the game-winning goal (photo gallery of OT winner) with 56 seconds remaining in the extra session when he batted the puck out of midair to stun goalie Kenny Reiter and the Bulldogs.
The Gophers would rally from a 2-0 deficit the following night to sweep the defending national champions on the road. In doing so, Minnesota improved to 11-3-1 in its last 15 games against teams who had won the national championship the year prior.